The Affective Dimensions of Labor

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Ths panel covers how work (broadly defined) can change emotionally charged relationships. The panel will address, but not be limited to, the following questions: How can labor alter an individual's relations with others? How do (im)migrants forge meaningful bonds in contexts of labor mobility? What kinds of work prompt people to (im)migrate away from close family and friends? What causes some forms of labor (e.g., emotional, affective, parental, etc.) to be "devalued" at the expense of other kinds (e.g., waged or salaried work)? How can sentiments like love and care be re-contextualized in situations where co-presence and proximity are not possible?